Wisdom teeth are officially known as the third molars, and they are the last teeth to come in. They typically break through the surface of the skin, or erupt, between the ages of 13 and 20.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes be impacted, which means they cannot break through the gum tissue. When the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth, this can happen. They can become infected when impacted, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent potential problems.
To Remove or Not to Remove?
Your dentist or orthodontist will tell you that sometimes wisdom teeth will come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate them, they most likely will become impacted. The gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may be become swollen or infected, causing pain. A potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted tooth is pericoronitis. If the pericoronitis is severe, the swelling and infection may extend beyond the jaw to the cheeks and neck.
Each patient has individual circumstances, so your dentist or orthodontist will base their decision to remove accordingly. Give us a call today to learn more about wisdom teeth and orthodontic treatment!
Having braces is definitely an investment, but it’s certainly a costly one. It just makes sense to keep your teeth in the best of health during your orthodontic treatment. A regular hygiene routine is just as important while you’re wearing braces as it was before you began treatment. Flossing is an essential component to having healthy teeth and gums while you’re wearing braces. Diligence with brushing and flossing is a must because braces may hold food, sugars, and liquids during and after eating. Make sure you visit our office for regular adjustments as well. We all know it’s quite difficult to get kids to floss daily without braces. Sometimes the struggle becomes greater once braces are applied. It’s important to keep in mind that by not flossing, you will become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease during your treatment. While you floss, remember to gently massage your gums in between your teeth. Flossing with braces takes extra time because you must weave the floss through each and every bracket. During the flossing process, you should not see blood. If you can see blood, you may not be flossing properly or enough. The use of an electric toothbrush is also a great idea to help massage your gums before or after flossing because electric toothbrushes can assist in removing any harmful bacteria that remain in your mouth. Also, remember to add mouthwash to your routine to break up bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape during your orthodontic treatment. Flossing is a healthy habit that will help you keep your shimmering smile for a lifetime!